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Thunder name squad for Hurricanes re-match

12 January 2022

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Young gun Matthew Gilkes says contributions from all players give Thunder an edge

Sydney Thunder opener Matthew Gilkes has credited the contributions from ‘pretty much everyone’ in the Trevor Bayliss-coached squad for the team sitting in second place on the KFC Big Bash League table.

Thunder heads into tomorrow’s match against Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium chasing their seventh straight win, and Gilkes said the team had benefited from various players making their marks on the season.

“The whole team has gelled well,” said Gilkes. “The most pleasing thing is it hasn’t necessarily been just one person standing up for us – we’ve had numerous people rise to the occasion and do the job.”

The all-round contribution of Thunder's squad is reflected on the team’s season statistics sheet with Jason Sangha (329), Sam Billings (284), Alex Hales (269), and Alex Ross (181) sharing the runs, and bowlers Daniel Sams (15), Saqib Mahmood (13), Tanveer Sangha (11), Gurinder Sandhu and Nathan McAndrew (10) among the wickets.

As for Gilkes, who’s 286 runs included a brilliant 93 off only 54 balls against the Adelaide Strikers, he’s determined to add more big scores to his season's tally.

“I would’ve liked to have got some more big scores,” he said. “I’ve been getting a lot of starts but I’ve thrown them away, unfortunately.

“I have a lot of confidence in that I’m striking the ball well, and I really want to nail the big scores.”

While Thunder is sitting in second place on the BBL ladder, Gilkes made it clear he and his teammates were taking nothing for granted against Hobart despite defeating them at the MCG on Monday.

“The Hurricanes are a dangerous outfit,” he said. “Ben McDermott has had an incredible start to the summer and scored [495] runs for them.

“He’s obviously a huge wicket, but we’re aware the Hurricanes have so many good players that can get the job done.”

Gilkes also made it clear he was excited by this Saturday’s GambleAware Sydney Smash at the SCG against the Sixers.

“While we’re all focused on the match against Hobart, but now that you've mentioned it I’m looking forward to the derby against the Sixers,” he said.

“It’s always an incredible game... they’re a great team and it’d be tremendous to go one for one with them after they beat us earlier in the season.

“We’re hoping to see plenty of Thunder supporters out at the SCG because it’d be a huge boost.”

Sydney Thunder Squad v Hobart Hurricanes

# Player  Junior Club 
23 Jason Sangha (C) Wallsend JCC
50 Jonathon Cook St Andrews JCC
31 Ben Cutting MacGregor JCC
9 Ollie Davies Harbord Devils JCC
22 Matthew Gilkes Ulladulla United JCC
6 Alex Hales Gerrards Cross JCC (England)
87 Muhammad Hasnain (International Replacement Player) Sind Cricket Academy (Pakistan)
27 Baxter Holt Carlingford Waratah JCC
44 Nathan McAndrew Oak Flats JCC
10 Arjun Nair (Local Replacement Player)  Wenty Leagues Club JCC
49  Alex Ross Kensington JCC
95 Daniel Sams Panania-East Hills RSL JCC
28 Gurinder Sandhu Plumpton-Glendenning JCC
17 Tanveer Sangha Ingleburn RSL JCC
20 Chris Tremain Kinross Wolaroi JCC
3 Sam Whiteman (Local Replacement Player) Colts JCC